If you haven’t noticed the banners, just in time for the end of the summer vacation season, Ancestry.com is offering free access to our Immigration and Travel databases for a week.
To give you an idea of what’s included, here are a few numbers.
We divide our travel and immigration databases into six categories:
Category Number of Databases
Passenger Lists 166
Crew Lists 65
Border Crossings & Passports 15
Citizenship & Naturalization Records 62
Immigration & Emigration Books 187
Ship Pictures and Descriptions 2
And here’s a rough estimate of records available by country:
Country/Region # Databases Approximate # of Records
Australia 22 15+ million
Canada 31 13.5+ million
Europe 99 32.5+ million
Germany 28 9.4+ million
United States 246 33+ million
UK 40 18.7+ million
As for who you might find, here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
Some folks, like Greta Garbo, generated records on their way out of a country:
Ladislav Lowenstein (Peter Lorre) left a paper trail as he became a citizen of a new one:
Whether someone was planning a permanent stay or not, moving around itself could result in records. Here’s Charlie Chaplin on a passenger list returning from Japan in 1932.
Even crossing a border, like Mexican artist Frida Khalo did in 1930, could leave a trace.
Passports became more common (and eventually required) in the 20th century. Babe Ruth applied for one to do a little “baseball playing” in Cuba in 1920.
So come on in and take a little trip through the Ancestry.com Immigration and Travel databases on us. You never know who you might meet along the way.